Written by GreekBoston. Parents choose to have their children baptized from a young age because they want to set their children on the right path in the church early on. Here are some guidelines of what to expect for an adult baptism in the Greek Orthodox Church:. Reasons for Getting Baptized as an Adult So, why would an adult need to get baptized?
What happens during an adult Orthodox baptism? How does an adult baptism differ than a child baptism? An adult baptism is done in a manner very similar to a child baptism. All steps of the baptism are done the same. The biggest difference will be in the step of the font immersion. Where usually only the Godparent s will answer the priest as the baby can not speak, the adult may answer questions as well with the Godparents. The priest will specify if he wishes the adult to join in on the answers.
Christian Baptism is the mystery of starting anew, of dying to an old way of life and being born again into a new way of life, in Christ. In the Orthodox Church, baptism is "for the remission of sins" cf. The cleansing of sins includes the washing away of the ancestral sin.
The movie pokes fun at the notion that the Greek Orthodox in America are unprepared to receive adult converts, and Ian Miller is Baptized in a plastic kiddie pool. But this comedy got me wondering about reality - how does the Greek Orthodox Church in America handle adult converts? Usually by confirmation chrismation , sometimes by re-baptism due to a semi-Donatist view of Baptism in which Baptism performed by a heretic i.